Have you ever paid for someone’s coffee at a coffee shop, donated supplies to your local homeless shelter, tipped your waiter and/or waitress your bill, or even complimented someone’s outfit, just because? How did those experiences make you feel? Or has anyone ever done any of those things for you? If so, I can imagine speaking from my own experiences, that it may have made your whole day or even week. Kindness comes in many different forms, and one random act of kindness can go a long way.
I bartend on the weekends and I can tell you there has been a handful of times where a customer comes in and leaves me a tip larger than their bill. Even on some occasions I felt as though I was undeserving of such a tip. I mean I did not provide them with extraordinary service, or I did not talk to them as much as maybe I did maybe other customers, especially if we were busy that night. But someone recognized something either in me, or applauded me for what I was doing, and for that they felt as though I must have be deserving of such a tip.
Being a Christian woman, I was told as a child, to give because God has provided for us therefore we should provide for our brothers and sisters. And I do believe in that wholeheartedly. But I do not think acts of kindness should be seen as a chore, in the sense that you have to do this, in order to receive this. It should be in our nature to want to give back to others, and together we can work to normalize this behavior. Scroll down to discover a couple of fun ways to show kindness this week.
Send a “just because” text to one of your friends and let them know you appreciate them.
Buy someone’s meal the next time you go out to eat.
Go around your neighborhood and pick-up any trash you see.
Tell someone that they are glowing and look amazing today.
Bake a dessert for your neighbor.
Clean out your closet, and donate some of your clothes to a local shelter.
Send money to a friend or family member for them to go out and buy coffee.
Bring your office donuts.
Give someone a hug.
Invite your friend over for a home cooked meal.
Give your significant a foot massage.
Call your parents and tell them how much you love them.
I challenge you to show at least one random act of kindness this week. Get creative and have fun. As I’ve said kindness comes in many different forms, and it does not have to be complicated. Every day you have the ability to impact someone else’s life positively. So why not get out there and do it!